Tom Cruise’s iconic character, Ethan Hunt, may be a renowned secret agent, but his biggest challenge lately seems to be the series of filming delays. The first installment of Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning encountered numerous setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and now, the ongoing Writers’ Guild of America (WGA) strike is causing delays for Part Two, affecting film and television productions worldwide.
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Dead Reckoning Part One reunites Cruise with the Impossible Mission Force team as they confront a global threat fueled by artificial intelligence, while Ethan confronts his haunting past. The film has garnered initial acclaim, with its action described as “breathtaking” by those fortunate enough to have seen it.
During an interview with FilmSweep’s Steve Weintraub at the global premiere of Dead Reckoning Part One, Christopher McQuarrie, the film’s writer, director, and producer, reassured fans that the delays for Part Two would be minimal. He disclosed that only a few significant, yet extensive, scenes remained to be filmed once normalcy was restored.
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“We’ve completed shooting in all but one of our international locations,” McQuarrie revealed. “We’ve accomplished most of our major action sequences, except for the centerpiece of the film, which is monumental and unlike anything we’ve ever attempted before. I believe it’s also something you haven’t witnessed yet.” Considering the known stunts of Dead Reckoning Part Two, this announcement is thrilling. It has already been widely reported that Cruise performed a stunt involving piloting a World War II-era biplane, which at one point, ends up inverted with Cruise unstrapped. McQuarrie had previously described this daring feat as “outrageous” in an interview with Empire Magazine.
The majority of the film has already been captured on camera. Only one action-packed sequence involving Hunt’s team is yet to be filmed. Although the unforeseen break has been inconvenient, it provided McQuarrie with ample time for meticulous planning, ensuring a smooth resumption of shooting—despite the looming possibility of a SAG-AFTRA strike, which they are currently navigating to the best of their ability.
“We have completed all the interstitial scenes,” he added. “There are still undisclosed characters in the movie. Additionally, I have a unique action sequence involving the team, which we haven’t filmed yet. It’s the first order of business upon our return. This particular sequence incorporates elements I’ve never worked with before. It presents a significant challenge, considering the tight schedule. Our aim is to wrap up principal photography by early next year.”
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One hits theaters on July 12, while Dead Reckoning Part 2 is scheduled to premiere on June 28, 2024.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about filming delays
What is causing the filming delays for ‘Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 2’?
The ongoing Writers’ Guild of America (WGA) strike is the main cause of the filming delays for ‘Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 2’.
How much of the movie has already been filmed?
The majority of the movie has already been shot, with only one major action sequence involving Hunt’s team remaining to be filmed.
When is the release date for ‘Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 2’?
‘Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 2’ is scheduled to open on June 28, 2024.
What has been the impact of the WGA strike on film and television productions?
The ongoing WGA strike has caused disruptions and delays in the production of films and television series worldwide.
What was the initial reception of ‘Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1’?
The first installment, ‘Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1’, has received initial acclaim, with the action being described as “breathtaking” by those who have seen it.